University expresses sadness over the death of nursing student, Michelle Le

Samuel Merritt University

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Elizabeth Valente, 510.725.7980


University expresses sadness over the death of nursing student, Michelle Le

(Oakland, Ca, Sept. 19, 2011) The Samuel Merritt University community is extremely saddened over the news that the person who was recovered in Niles Canyon on Saturday morning has been identified as 26-year-old Michelle Le, a nursing student in the Accelerated Bachelors of Science in Nursing program. Heartache and sadness hover over the University as classmates mourn the violent death of one of their own -- fellow classmate and friend, Michelle Le.

Le was reported missing by her fellow nursing students and faculty on Friday, May 27 from Kaiser Permanente Hayward Medical Center. She was last seen at the medical center parking garage where she was on a break during a clinical rotation. The Hayward Police Department contacted University officials to report that the remains found near Sunol Road are those of Michelle. Due to on-going forensic pathology examinations, police are not detailing the exact manner and cause of Michelle's death.

"I join Michelle's classmates and others in the SMU community in profound sadness over the death of Michelle Le," said Samuel Merritt University President Sharon Diaz. "Our board, administrators, faculty, staff and students offer our deepest condolences to Michelle's family and many friends. This kind of senseless violence is difficult to understand. Michelle had so much to live for and sought only to give to others -- her life was so pointlessly taken. Something like this affects our entire campus community. It is especially important, in this time of grief that we reach out to one another on campus."

Counselors from the University are on hand to assist students, faculty, or staff as we seek to deal with this tragic loss.

Sharon Diaz,
President and CEO
Samuel Merritt University

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